Friendship YMCA Competitive Swim Team
The Friendship YMCA Competitive Swim Team, formerly known as the Lower Paxton Aquatic Club, is committed to providing every swimmer with exceptional methodology and stroke technique through the guidance of our experienced coaching staff. The LPAC coaches have joined the Friendship YMCA team and are excited to get the season started!
All participants of the Swim Team must be full-facility members of the Friendship YMCA. Family memberships can be purchased online or by stopping at the Welcome Center desk to register for a Youth, Teen, or Family membership. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Applications for assistance can be downloaded from the website or picked up at the Welcome Center desk.
Friendship YMCA Swim Team Fees
|Practice Level||Age Group||Paid in Full||Draft Amount|
|White||10 and under||$350.00||$78.00|
Program fees do not include YMCA Membership fee, Family Registration fees ($100.00 per family), USA Swimming Membership ($82.00 per person / optional), or Swim Meet fees. Payment may be paid in full or by monthly credit card draft. The monthly draft is processed on the 15th of each month. All levels will begin drafting on October 15th, ending with the February 15th draft.
* The High School Rate is for High School swimmers that will ONLY swim for the pre-season (October 4–November 12).
Program Policies & Information
YMCA MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED:
A Youth, Teen, or Family membership to the Harrisburg Area YMCA is required to participate on the Swim Team.
Program fees may be paid in full or by monthly draft. We do not invoice or allow monthly check payments. The monthly draft is processed on the 15th of each month and a credit card is required.
CANCELLATION/WITHDRAWAL FROM PROGRAM:
Two-week notice is required. Non-attendance without written cancellation does not relieve you of the responsibility to pay for the program. Bank and Credit Draft participants must have written cancellation submitted by the 1st of the month in order to stop payment on the 15th.
Non-attendance does not entitle you to a refund. Refunds or adjustments are not granted for illness, vacation, or when YMCA programs are canceled due to inclement weather. All refunds or program credits given for other reasons are issued on a prorated basis. The YMCA reserves the right to apply any credit due to other outstanding balances. Refunds are issued within 30 days of cancellation. Registration fees are nonrefundable. Program fees are not refundable after January 1st.
USA SWIMMING REGISTRATION FEES:
USA Swimming Registration fees and registration deposits are nonrefundable. Membership to USA Swimming is optional. There is an annual membership fee to USA Swimming to be a member. Attendance at USA meets requires a current USA Swimming membership and payment of entry fees charged by the host team. These are typically $5.00 per event. There is also a $5.00 per session per swimmer fee to the YMCA to cover coaching at the meets that we attend with a coach. Questions regarding USA Swimming should be directed to Coach Dino.
MEET ENTRY FEES:
Meet entry fees are set by the host team and are charged to the swimmer’s account for each meet they enter. Meet entries are to be prepaid by the participant (see Meet Registration Form). Once entry fees have been sent to the host team or the meet program has been seeded for FSY events, you will be responsible for the entry fees even if you decide not to compete due to personal choice or illness, no exceptions. Lack of knowledge of the meet entry process does not waive meet entry fees. Swimmers who compete in a relay will be charged the entry fee for participation in that event.
This is our beginner level where we work with our youngest swimmers and older kids who are new to the sport. Our focus is initially on proper body position, basic kicking, breathing, and balance in the water, then on fundamental stroke introduction in all four strokes.
- Comfortable in deep water.
- Comfortable in a group setting away from parents during practice time.
- 8 and under:
- Ability to complete one length of the pool in a recognizable stroke, on the stomach and back, without stopping.
- Ability to be apart from parents during practice time.
- 9 and over:
- Ability to complete one, preferably two lengths of the pool in a recognizable stroke, on the stomach and back, without stopping.
PRACTICE FREQUENCY: Two (2) 45-minute practices/week
The Black Level covers a range of swimmers, from those who have recently achieved legal form in at least three strokes to those that are competing effectively in 50 yard events. These swimmers tend to be grade school-aged, competing in the 8 and under and 9-10 age groups with some 11-12 age group swimmers as well.
- Be legally proficient in 3 strokes, with an understanding of all 4 strokes.
- Competent starts and turns.
- Complete 4 laps free and a 100 IM, each one must be done continuously without resting at walls.
- Complete a 50 free in under 1:15.
- Complete 3x25s in each stroke in under 0:45.
PRACTICE FREQUENCY: Two (2) 1-hour practices/week
In the Black Advanced Level, we see the introduction of more performance-based qualifications that a swimmer must meet or exceed to be assessed at this level. Black Advanced swimmers are typically older grade school kids that have achieved legal competency in all strokes and are very competitive in their best events. Our focus remains on technique, with emphasis on establishing strong habits of proper form in all strokes over somewhat longer sets.
- Be legally proficient in all 4 strokes.
- Competent starts and turns.
- Basic pace clock reading skills.
- Be able to hold 4x50s free on 1:15.
- Be able to hold 4x25s in each stroke on 0:40.
- Complete a set of 3×100 free on 2:30 and a set of 3×100 IM on 3:00.
- Complete a 200 free under 3:30.
PRACTICE FREQUENCY: Three (3) 1-hour practices/week
Swimmers in the Yellow Level are typically older grade school and early middle school kids who have achieved solid competency in all strokes and most events. The focus of the Yellow Level program is on refining technique and building endurance.
- Grasp of sets and intervals
- Understanding the concept of Distance Per Stroke (DPS).
- Ability to read a pace clock and sets without coach aid.
- Ability to swim continuously for 15 minutes with proper turns at each end.
- Be able to hold 6×50 free on 1:00.
- Be able to hold 4x25s in each stroke on 0:30.
- Hold legal proficiency for 5×50 in all strokes under 1:15.
- Complete a set of 4×100 free on 2:00.
- Complete a set of 4×100 IM on 2:30.
- Be able to complete 200 free in under 3:00.
- Ability to compete in USA IMX event (e.g. 200 free, 200 IM, and 100 stroke distance events).
PRACTICE FREQUENCY: Three (3) 90-minute practices/week
For high school swimmers, the program’s focus shifts to supporting their success in the pool while allowing for flexibility around increased demands from other commitments such as academics, college preparation, jobs, etc. The main focus for this group is equally developing highly advanced stroke techniques and highly advanced training skills.
- Ability to complete a 90-minute practice.
- Commitment to attending practice regularly.
- Strong understanding of intervals, sets, pace and race strategy, and “swimming language.”
- Ability to compete in 200 free, 200 IM, and 100 stroke distance events.
- Be able to hold 5×100 free on 1:20 or under.
- Be able to hold 5×100 IM on 1:45 or under.
- Be able to hold 6×50 stroke on 0:50 or under.
- Be able to hold 6×50 free on 0:45 or under
- Be able to complete 200 free in under 2:15.
- Read a pace clock and sets without coach aid.
PRACTICE FREQUENCY: Five (5) 90-minute practices/week